Waxenfelter attempted to stop a pickup truck from O’Malley Brothers Trucking Company that was hauling firewood. Following a short pursuit on Oregon 224, the driver of the truck stopped near Southeast Amisigger Road south of Damascus about 10:48 a.m. When Waxenfelter approached the driver, he was shot in the head and killed instantly. The pickup truck sped off. A young ride-along with Waxenfelter witnessed the shooting.
Other witnesses also reported the shooting and an investigation followed. Waxenfelter was unarmed as was the other county weighmaster who was also working in the Estacada area.
Deputies tracked the pickup truck to the trucking company headquarters. Company officials assisted deputies and identified the suspect driver as Dirck Morgan White, 41.
When officials attempted to locate him on company grounds, they learned that he fled the facility in his silver colored 2004 Mercedes sedan. All local law enforcement authorities are searching for Morgan as well as the U. S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.
Waxenfelter began working for Clackamas County in 1987 as a mechanic. He was promoted to senior mechanic in 1999. He started working as a weighmaster in 2005.
Weighmaster Waxenfelter was active in the Estacada Baptist Church, devoting his time to the fellowship and church welfare outreach. He was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast who started a church motorcycle club.
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation has set up a fund at the Clackamas County Federal Credit Union to assist the Waxenfelter family with funeral expenses.
The Clackamas County Sheriff Department has offered a reward of $5000.00 dollars for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. The O’Malley Trucking Company has also added $2,500.00 to the reward fund.
Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Tedra, two daughters, and two brothers.
Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter, gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Thursday, February 6, 2014.
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